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2010 - 2015, Space Travel, Star Trek

Star Trek 12: Into Darkness (2013)

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Captain Kirk in the Enterprise disregards the first directive in order to save a minor planet and its inhabitants, as well as Spock. As a result he is demoted and as the crew are about to be redeployed a Starfleet facility is destroyed, revealing the existenace of a super villain, John Harrison.  Harrison attacks a meeting of the senior management of the orgainsation and as a result Kirk and his crew are reinstated and sent out after the villain, who has escaped to a Klingon area of space. The pursuit tests the physical and mental capabilities of the Enterprise crew and well as their integrity.

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From the very start innovative, exciting and noisy set pieces. Space ships and their lesser craft fly about and atack each other, there are explosions and fights with a variety of conventional guns ( so it seems), and quite a bit of martial arts. The Enterprise crew argue a bit and at times dash about in the interior of the ship. Indeed there is a lot of very energetic running about in a number of environments. There is a space ship crash in a city. There is some drinking, a bit of minor snogging and one appearance (controversionally) of a female crew member in her underwear.

A View I watched one of the trailers, and if I’m honest this was about as much of the film as I could take. However it was quite well liked by the critics and made money. If you have enjoyed the previous J.J. Abrams outing you might like this. As a former seafarer, to which the space environment is often likened, I am a bit offended by the film maker’s assumption that they can just put anyone in any position and it will work. In this case Chekov’s move from a minor role on the bridge to Chief Engineer. But that’s just me. If you have a choice watch “Star Trek (2009) first.
Duration 2h 12m Rating (UK) 12
Source of story The Star Trek environment, the writers having included many references to the old series one.
Director J.J Abrams
Writers/Script Robert Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Damon Lindelof
Starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin, Peter Weller, Alice Eve, Noel Clarke, Chris Hemsworth, Akiva Goldsman, Leonard Nimoy
Additional Info At one point Alice Eve, as the new science officer, gets down to her underwear causing a lot of offence, since it was seen as gratuitous. But she did not mind, and had spent time preparing, and she gets some exposure in one if the trailers – which might have been the whole point.

 

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